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Trains to Leeds

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Leeds is a major economic and cultural hub in Yorkshire – the third largest city in the UK is home to a wide range of attractions, an unrivalled nightlife, and plenty of shopping options. So what are you waiting for?! Hop on a train to Leeds now. The former industrial hub is now a vibrant modern city, making it a great place to go on a trip – whether you’re in town for a day or a long weekend. There’s always something going on around the city, so here’s to planning your next city break in Leeds.

Popular train journeys to Leeds

Leeds is the biggest city in Yorkshire and home to a large number of attractions, so it’s no surprise that it’s a popular destination. Getting a train to Leeds couldn’t be easier - CrossCountry runs services from all over the UK. We’ve listed the most popular routes below, along with the fastest journey times.

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Direct CrossCountry routes to Leeds

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Leeds City Museum lit up at dusk.


There is just one train station in Leeds city centre: 

Leeds station is located towards the north of the city, within walking distance of numerous attractions and amenities.

Yes, simply hop on a bus from Leeds Station and you’ll arrive at Leeds Bradford in around 30-minutes. There is also the option of getting a taxi from outside the train station, too.

Finding cheap tickets to Leeds can be done, you just need to know how. Investing in a railcard means you can save ⅓ of every journey you take, and there are lots of railcard options so make sure to check if you’re eligible. Booking single tickets may also help, as well as booking in advance and getting cheap ticket alerts. For more ways on getting cheap tickets to Leeds, check out our cheap tickets help page.

For further information about stations in Leeds, check out our station guide


Leeds town hall is a grand building with a clock tower.


If you’re looking for retail therapy, then look no further than Leeds city centre! The iconic Trinity Leeds is the perfect choice for those looking for all their high street favourites under one soaring glass roof. With 120 shops, bars and restaurants available without having to step outside, you don’t even have to worry about the weather.

If you’re on the search for a bargain, we recommend heading to Leeds‘ historic Kirkgate Market. The Grade 1 listed building dates back to 1875 and is home to over 400 stalls, making it one of the largest covered markets in Europe. You could spend hours nosing around for the perfect bargain.

For more unique shopping experiences, head over to the Corn Exchange, which is home to a wide choice of independent retailers and tasty eateries. If you’re lucky, your visit will coincide with one of the many vintage markets or record fairs held there.

Food & Drink

No trip to Leeds is complete without a truly excellent curry. Bundobust is a local favourite but there’s loads of excellent independent choices scattered around the city. If you’ve come for a weekend of indulgence, there’s little better than a slap-up pub lunch on a Sunday – when it comes to the perfect roast, you’re spoiled for choice. The Midnight Bell has a great option with all the trimmings, or head to Whitlock’s for a traditional treat.

During the summer months, you might find the call of Nash’s Fish and Chips hard to resist, but expect to queue with locals – it’s a perennial favourite. Of course, there’s loads of choices when it comes to activities for kids in Leeds, and the restaurant scene is no different. Almost Famous is one of our favourites; their stacked burger is sure to be a hit after a long day of adventuring.


There’s a strong music scene in Leeds – from the world famous music festival to small intimate venues, it’s a great city to catch the latest sounds.

If art is more your bag, there’s plenty to be seen in the city. Leeds is home to some of the best collections of contemporary art in the UK – the recently refurbished Leeds Arts Gallery has some excellent exhibitions, and The Henry Moore Institute celebrates one of Yorkshire’s best-known sons. If you prefer not to coop yourself up inside, there’s some amazing public art on display in the city, with a statue or mural around just about every corner.

We couldn’t speak about the culture of Leeds without mentioning the city’s sporting prowess. From cricket to football and rugby to cycling, there’s something for everyone, with passionate fans across the board.

Catching a train to Leeds

We want to help you travel cheaply, so as long as you buy your ticket 15 minutes before departure via our website or app, you can still enjoy great savings! To get the very best out of your train travel, read our top tips to find cheap train tickets and learn about our exclusive benefits offered to registered customers.

If you want to explore Leeds and all it has to offer, you’ll want to stay longer than a day! So, make sure you book a great value hotel in Leeds before you arrive.

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